Interview with Cynthia Townley

Why do you think readers are so excited about your books?
I think what readers like is the fact that I created a series you don't normally see by using psychics to help solve the crimes. My books are not overpowering with the Paranormal aspect by any means (they are detective novels) but it does play a crucial role in my series. The characters are likeable and believable, and according to the reviews people want to know more about this family.
What is your writing process?
Every morning with a cup of coffee in hand, and Joey (my mixed Terrier) near my feet, I review what I wrote the day before and the story takes off. While I'm writing one book, I'll hear something interesting on the news and I'll think that would make a good story. So as I'm writing one book I'm always thinking ahead about the next one and taking notes.
What are you working on next and do you see yourself writing in other genres?
As long as the readers are giving my Detective Oliver Rousseau novels 4 & 5 Star reviews I'll keep writing them. While I hope to write many more Detective Oliver Rousseau novels, I am working on my a romance novel, late at night. I won't allow it to take time away from Oliver but the balance of murder and romance helps me keep a level head. Focusing only on murder and mayhem takes it toll because I'm always thinking like someone I'm not - a detective, a psychic, and a murderer.
What do you do when you're not writing?
My family will tell you I'm not the easiest person to talk to because my mind is always on the book I'm working on. When I'm not writing, I'm researching or thinking about the next book. When watching TV, I'm plotting and taking notes. In addition, I'm a hermit so getting me out of the house is not easy and it usually involves grocery shopping or running errands with my husband on the weekends. I really don't have any hobbies. I like spending time with my family and talking to the kids and grandkids.
When and how did you start writing?
I've been an avid reader since I was a little girl and I thought someday I would like to try my hand at writing. I knew nothing about writing novels, or publishing them, so everything I've learned I had to teach myself. Writing is therapeutic. I love it!
What well-known authors most resemble the books you write?
My writing is my own, but many readers compare my detective novels to James Patterson's Alex Cross books, and one reviewer on Amazon said my novels reminded her of Michael Connolly. My books are fast-paced page-turners and I like short chapters so I guess in that way they do resemble James Patterson a lot.
Since you only publish ebooks, what is the best way for your fans to connect with you?
Facebook at MysteryCrimeNovelist - Cynthia Townley. I'm on FB most mornings between 8-9 AM CST, and I'm always thrilled to chat with readers. I personally respond to every message and chat with people all over the world. For me, if readers take the time to contact me then I'm certainly going to take the time to connect with them.
Published 2014-10-29.
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Books by This Author

The Protector - A Detective Oliver Rousseau Novel
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Series: A Detective Oliver Rousseau Novel, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,080. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
The Protector is the third installment in the much anticipated exciting new series featuring Detective Oliver Rousseau and his wife, Marin. As in all of the Rousseau novels, Oliver will have to peel back the layers to get to the truth. The story is crisp, fast-paced, and the plot convoluted and innovative. Don't miss book one in the series Trained To Kill, and book two, Unsuspecting.
Unsuspecting - A Detective Oliver Rousseau Novel
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Series: A Detective Oliver Rousseau Novel, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,660. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A parent's nightmare - their daughter away at college in a safe environment becomes the target of a sadistic killer - who has killed before and gotten away with it. Townley writes page-turning suspense...A roller-coaster plot and savvy dialogue and when you least expect it she throws an explosive curve-ball. Unsuspecting doesn't disappoint.
How To Publish An Ebook In 5 Days
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,200. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
This manual is essential for first-time authors. When people heard I published a book in five days they wanted to know how I did it. This manual is a "tell-all" of the challenges I faced with traditional book publishing versus self-publishing, and the months of research that drove me to the decision to self-publish my first novel. I hope you find it helpful. Check my website for updates.
Trained To Kill - A Detective Oliver Rousseau Novel
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Series: A Detective Oliver Rousseau Novel, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 83,210. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Fast-paced suspense, explosive action, a MUST-READ. Suspense at it's most intense and an ending you never see coming. Trained To Kill grabs the reader. Watch the book trailer for a preview.